Laurel Award

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The Laurel Awards were US national film awards , presented annually from 1948 to 1968 and from 1970 to 1971 to the best films and filmmakers of the previous year. The winners, who were awarded the Golden Laurel ( German  Golden Laurel ), were selected in a survey by the Motion Picture Exhibitor magazine of American and Canadian movie theater owners. In contrast to other film prizes such as the Oscar or the Golden Globes , the Laurel Awards did not have an award ceremony. The results of the survey were published in Motion Picture Exhibitor Magazine, usually in September of each year.


On September 10, 1958, winners were selected in twenty-three different categories. In some categories up to fifteen filmmakers were presented in descending order.

Categories Original designation
Best action drama Top action drama
Best drama Top drama
Best comedy Top comedy
Best musical Top musical
Best entertainment film Top general entertainment
Best producer / director Top producer / director
Best producer Top producer
Best director Top Director
Best Actor in an Action Film Top Male Action Star
Best male star Top Male Star
Best female star Top female star
Best Actor in a Drama Top Male Dramatic Performance
Best Actress in a Drama Top female dramatic performance
Best Actor in a Comedy Top male comedy performance
Best Actress in a Comedy Top female comedy performance
Best Actor in a Musical Top Male Musical Performance
Best Actress in a Musical Top female musical performance
Best supporting actor Top Male Supporting Performance
The best supporting actress Top female supporting performance
Best young actor Top New Male Personality
Best Young Actress Top New Female Personality
Best film composer Top music composer
Best music choreographer Top music director

Award winners

Up until 1970, the Laurel Awards honored film productions in five different categories, separated by genre. At the last ceremony in 1971, however with was Franklin J. Schaffner's Oscar -gekrönter biopic Patton - Rebell in Uniform abandoned the winner only in a film category.

The winners from 1958 to 1971:

year Best action drama Best drama Best comedy Best musical Best entertainment film
1958 Two pay off
Director: John Sturges
Embers Under the Ashes
Director: Mark Robson
Ariane - Love in the Afternoon
Director: Billy Wilder
Pal Joey
Director: George Sidney
His Friend Jello
Directed by Robert Stevenson
1959 The Vikings
Director: Richard Fleischer
As long as there are people
Director: Douglas Sirk
Director: Melville Shavelson
Gigi *
Director: Vincente Minnelli
The great aunt
Director: Morton DaCosta
1960 The Invisible Third
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Anatomy of a Murder
Director: Otto Preminger
Director: Michael Gordon
Director: Walter Lang
The Eerie Zotti
Director: Charles Barton
1961 Alamo
Director: John Wayne
Elmer Gantry
Director: Richard Brooks
Das Appartement *
Directed by Billy Wilder
Pepe - What can the world cost?
Director: George Sidney
The Flying Timpani
Director: Robert Stevenson
1962 El Cid
Director: Anthony Mann
The Guns of Navarone
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
A pajama for two
Directed by Delbert Mann
West Side Story *
Director: Robert Wise
Announcing the wedding of their parents
Directed by David Swift
1963 The Longest Day
Directed by Ken Annakin , Andrew Marton , Bernhard Wicki and Darryl F. Zanuck
The Days of Wine and Roses
Director: Blake Edwards
A Touch of Mink
Directed by Delbert Mann
Music Man
Director: Morton DaCosta
Who disturbs the nightingale
Director: Robert Mulligan
1964 MacLintock
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
The wildest among a thousand
Direction: Martin Ritt
Tom Jones - Between Bed and Gallows *
Director: Tony Richardson
not known Lilies on the Field
Director: Ralph Nelson
1965 Goldfinger
Director: Guy Hamilton
The Insatiable
Directed by Edward Dmytryk
The Big Wolf is Calling
Director: Ralph Nelson
Gold Digger Molly
Director: Charles Walters
Mary Poppins
Director: Robert Stevenson
1966 Fireball
Directed by Terence Young
Doctor Zhivago
Director: David Lean
Cat Ballou - You Shall Hang in Wyoming
Director: Elliot Silverstein
Dominique - The Singing Nun
Director: Henry Koster
My songs - my dreams *
Director: Robert Wise
1967 The Feared Four
Directed by Richard Brooks
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Directed by Mike Nichols
Modern Millie
Director: George Roy Hill
not known A man for every season *
Director: Fred Zinnemann
1968 Bonnie and Clyde
Director: Arthur Penn
In the Heat of the Night *
Director: Norman Jewison
A Strange Couple
Directed by Gene Saks
not known Yours, mine, our
Direction: Melville Shavelson
1969 Prize not awarded
1970 Two Bandits
Director: George Roy Hill
Asphalt-Cowboy *
Director: John Schlesinger
Damn Innocence
Directed by Larry Peerce
Oliver *
Director: Carol Reed
The Marshal
Director: Henry Hathaway
1971 Patton - Rebel in Uniform *
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

* = Film productions at the Academy Awards as best film of the year were awarded

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